AquaShape Liposuction for Men in Charlotte

It’s not about getting thinner. It’s about improving your shape and helping refine your proportions. AquaShape liposuction for men in Charlotte can help you lose unwanted fat, get the shape you envision, and gain the confidence that gives you an edge in your personal & professional relationships. If you are interested in this male surgical procedure, you should talk to our team about your goals.

AquaShape Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting Video

Learn how AquaShape liposuction and CoolSculpting, two popular body contouring options, compare to each other. Interview with Charlotte North Carolina plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ditesheim.

Quick Facts


It’s easy to go under the radar – take a long weekend, and no one has to know you had help looking that good.


Recovery is incredibly quick; many patients return to work the day after getting liposuction. You’ll see results immediately, with very little post-op swelling.


For most men, the Aquashape investment will range from $5000 to $15,000.

Male Liposuction

Liposuction is the gold standard for removing unwanted, excess fat and improving shape. Unlike non-surgical fat reduction, which can only reduce the total number of fat cells in an area, with liposuction, a surgeon can remove precisely the amount of fat desired, sculpting a naturally smooth shape.

Less Trauma to Your Tissues

Traditional liposuction techniques can require general anesthesia, a week away from work, and three weeks before you’re back at the gym. A lot of men just don’t have time for that. Plus, it’s hard to keep your surgery “under the radar” with a week or more of downtime.

AquaShape is a water assisted liposuction technique that yields superb results with much less trauma to your tissues. It uses a water jet to separate the fat and sculpt the area rather than force. This helps Dr. Ditesheim sculpt the area with great precision and shortens your recovery process dramatically. Most patients are back at work in a day or two—have your procedure on Friday, go back in on Monday with a better body.

Why AquaShape Liposuction May be Preferable for Men

One of the many physical differences between men and women is that fat in the male body is thicker and more fibrous than in the female body. Male liposuction can be more challenging with traditional technology due to the difficulty separating excess fat from surrounding tissue. However, the advanced technology of AquaShape liposuction eliminates this difficulty, making treatment and recovery smoother for men.

Additionally, male liposuction requires more precise fat removal than the female procedure since it focuses heavily on enhancing muscle contours. Avoiding unnecessary damage to the surrounding tissues is vital to attaining this specific cosmetic goal. Therefore, AquaShape liposuction is a great option for men, as it provides more attractive, substantial results with fewer side effects and minimal recovery than other liposuction techniques.

State-of-the-art, on-site surgical suite located in Charlotte, North Carolina

Our suite is certified with the highest level of accreditation by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).

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Jeffrey A. Ditesheim, MD, FACS


Charlotte, NC plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey A. Ditesheim is a highly accomplished, board-certified plastic surgeon with a reputation for excellence. In choosing a plastic surgeon, you want to be completely confident that your procedure will be performed with advanced surgical skills and true artistry. Dr. Ditesheim has an impeccable reputation in Charlotte, North Carolina and beyond, drawing discerning patients to his exclusive clinic in Ballantyne.

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Possible Treatment Areas

Like traditional liposuction, AquaShape procedures could target many areas of the body where men may hold excess fat. Common treatment areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Thighs
  • Calves

Dr. Ditesheim works to create muscle definition in these areas, which is important to many men.

In addition to the typical treatment areas, AquaShape liposuction can be used to reduce enlarged breast tissue in men caused by the medical condition known as gynecomastia. However, the procedure focuses on removing excess fat to enhance muscle definition, so gynecomastia patients with significant breast tissue may undergo further surgery to correct their condition. 

Additional Uses for AquaShape Liposuction for Men

Due to the gentler process of AquaShape liposuction treatments, excess body fat that undergoes liquefying and removal may be preserved for additional male cosmetic treatments. Specifically, the excess fat could be transformed into filler injection material to be used for non-invasive cosmetic rejuvenation treatments.

For example, the injections could reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, fine lines, and skin folds by restoring volume beneath your skin.

Since the injections contain material from your own body, there are fewer medical risks, complications, and side effects after treatment. Further, the results typically appear more natural immediately after treatment and over time.

About the Procedure

An AquaShape procedure for men usually lasts between 30 minutes and three hours, depending on the number of areas to be treated. Dr. Ditesheim will perform your surgery at our fully accredited, private surgery center. Most patients only require local anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure, and many drive themselves to and from our office.

A Quick Recovery

AquaShape has one of the quickest recoveries you’ll find in a cosmetic procedure. Most of our patients return to work after just one to four days. Although, we suggest that vigorous activity should be avoided for a few weeks. Bruising and swelling are minimal.

Most men in Charlotte who have gotten AquaShape liposuction only find they need pain medication for the first day or two, if at all. Our experienced staff will provide you with postoperative guidelines that state instructions for the most comfortable and successful healing.

Are the Results Permanent?

As with any cosmetic body contouring procedure, male AquaShape liposuction patients in Charlotte typically enjoy long-lasting body contour enhancements. However, though the fat cells removed with liposuction do not return, the procedure does not prevent new fat from forming after treatment due to significant weight gain.

Therefore, the most vital factor for preserving your results is maintaining a stable weight after the procedure by following a healthy diet and exercising regularly. If you do experience minor weight fluctuations after an AquaShape liposuction treatment, the fat may be more evenly distributed than before.

Why Choose Dr. Ditesheim for Your Male AquaShape Liposuction Procedure?

The Only Plastic Surgeon in NC Performing AquaShape

As the only plastic surgeon in North Carolina performing AquaShape liposuction for men, Dr. Ditesheim offers Charlotte patients one of the most effective, safe and quick ways to improve body contours. And you’ll never hear him say you “need” surgery; he’ll listen to your goals, go over your options, and let you choose how to proceed.

When You Choose Dr. Ditesheim, You Get:

  • A board-certified plastic surgeon with 20+ years of experience
  • Virtually scarless liposuction results with one- to two-day recovery
  • Imaging technology & sizing that lets you preview your results with accuracy—what you see is what you get
  • Privacy & safety of a fully accredited, on-site surgical facility

Contact Ditesheim Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Am I a candidate for the AquaShape™ procedure?

Men who are healthy, who exercise and take care of their body but have extra fat in the love handles, tummy, chest ( male breasts) or neck are excellent candidates for Aquashape.

Why does Dr. Ditesheim offer the Aquashape procedure, other doctors don't?

Dr. Ditesheim was looking for a technology that was different from all other liposuction; one that would deliver sculpted results and a better recovery. Aquashape also provided the option to have a liposuction procedure without general anesthesia. Many physicians perform liposuction, some are plastic surgeon, others are not. Many do not think of fat removal as a “real procedure”. They promote unsafe techniques at discount prices. Poorly executed, liposuction can be dangerous and results disfiguring. Aquashape Liposuction at its best is a sculpting tool to create a more muscular, defined body, with minimal scar and an easier recovery.

How long has Dr. Ditesheim performed the Aquashape procedure?

Dr. Ditesheim is one of the most versed with Aquashape, with 642 procedures in the last 7 years. Men comprised 201 procedures for liposculpting of the chest and torso. After the procedure, 72% of the male patients were off narcotic pain medicine within 3 days.

How does AquaShape™ work?

Using a focused water jet, unwanted fat is separated and then permanently removed from the body through a long hollow tube (cannula). There are usually 2 to 5 small skin incisions (5mm). There is minimal to no collateral damage to normal structures (nerves and blood vessels).

Is AquaShape™ different from traditional liposuction methods?

Aquashape is unique in using water pressure to free up and remove fat. It is a gentler approach to permanent fat removal. Traditional liposuction often uses large, sharp destructive cannulas to break up and remove the fat. Other popular liposuction techniques (Smart-Lipo™, Power Lipo™, Tickle Lipo™, Laser lipo) use heat or supplemental energy to destroy fat before removal. These techniques can create more damage to surrounding normal structures. More collateral damage is the reason for more bruising and swelling. For most Aquashape patients, there is minimal to no bruising 24 hours after the procedure.

Isn't “non-surgical” injections or freezing fat better?

“Non-surgical” approaches include laser (SculpSure™), chemical injection (Kybella™) or freezing (Coolsculpting™). These methods destroy very small amounts of fat but create significant bruising, swelling and possible permanent nerve injury. Non-surgical fat treatments do not produce the same results as Aquashape. It is not possible for these “non-surgical” methods to be selective in superficial or deep fat removal or to sculpt the body.

Do I need anesthesia?

Because Aquashape is a gentler technique, it is reasonable to have the procedure awake. For the chest, this has proven to be very successful, with 42% of the procedures performed with men awake. This allows return to work the same or next day or after the weekend. General anesthesia is always an option if you prefer to be asleep and pain free or for longer procedures.

How long is the recovery period after AquaShape™?

For chest, love handles and lower tummy return to work in 1-3 days is expected. For larger men or when more fat is removed 5-7 days may be needed to return to work. Minimal bruising is anticipated. Some swelling is normal and will gradually resolve over the first 2-3 months. Each person’s body is different but being in good physical condition can minimize recovery.

How much does AquaShape™ Cost?

For most men, the Aquashape investment will range from $5000 to $15,000. The cost depends on your areas of frustration and your body. For example, Aquashape for the lower tummy awake will start at $5000 ( procedure: 1 hour); larger men (>240lb) who want torso shaping (abdomen and hips) the procedure starts at $8500 ( procedure: 2 hours). For chest, abdomen and hips, most men will spend $10,000 to $14,500 ( procedure: 3 hours). For High-definition Liposuction ( abdominal etching and lipo-sculpting of chest and torso front and back) the procedure is longer, more complex and costs will be slightly higher.nnThe Aquashape procedure for male breasts, under local anesthesia: $6800. These fees include all pre and post-operative care and are designed to provide realistic estimates of the Aquashape procedures. Each person’s surgical plan is individualized and costs determined at the consultation. Financing with multiple third-party vendors is available.nnBecause nothing is more important than your safety, all AquaShape™ procedures are performed in our private AAAASF accredited operating suite. That means that the nurse that you talk to at the consultation will be at your side at each step of your experience. You will be seen the day after surgery and then at intervals during the first year to assure you have the best experience.

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